Report: Windows Is Finally Killing MS Paint

Report: Windows Is Finally Killing MS Paint
Example of a Microsoft Paint artwork. Image: Lifehacker

It’s no secret Windows has been trying to murder our beloved long-time friend Microsoft Paint for some time. A recent OS update shows it may have finally committed to driving a stake into its cold, digital heart. Here’s what’s changing.

The update, Build 18956 (AKA 20H1), available to the Windows Insider Program, allegedly makes Microsoft Paint an “optional app” meaning you could uninstall it from your PC. The change was noted by Windows, though there’s no mention we could find in the Insider Programs blog.

Report: Windows Is Finally Killing MS PaintImage: Microsoft, via

The program, which was first created in 1985, has come pre-installed on all Windows computers for decades and users were unable to uninstall (though, honestly, why would you?).

A few years back, Windows 10 revealed it was introducing Paint 3D in an attempt to kill off MS Paint. After backlash from the community, Microsoft decided to roll back that decision.

In April 2019, Microsoft senior program manager Brandon LeBlanc ominously said Paint would stick around “for now.”

It remains to be seen whether this method comes into fruition for regular users will be enough to see us finally part with the beloved software.

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  • Every article I read about Microsoft is about Microsoft stabbing themselves in the back.

    Why not just update MS paint. I expect some of the big digital art program publishers , such as Photoshop and Coral had paid Microsoft to kill MS paint.

  • I don’t mind them making it optional. In fact I wish they’d make all the bloatware that gets installed optional. Why do I need their crappy apps when I can get better, or don’t need them in the first place?

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